Miami-Dade Police Department Will No Longer Investigate Its Own Fatal Shootings

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MDPD video footage showing three officers (left) shooting an unarmed robbery suspect as he lay on the ground.
On June 30, 2011, Miami-Dade Police officers ambushed a band of robbers in the Redland, killing four -- including the cops' own informant -- in a fury of bullets without receiving a shot in return.

But when it came time to investigate the suspicious shootings, the agency leading the inquiry was none other than the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Yesterday, county commissioners voted to avoid such potential conflicts of interest by approving a deal for state investigators to look into MDPD shootings.

See also: Miami-Dade Police Lured Robbers to the Redland, Then Shot Them

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Feds Charge Miami Man With Making "Black Market Testosterone" Sold To MLB Players

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Last week, Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally selling testosterone from his Coral Gables clinic to hundreds of clients, including Major League Baseball players. Today, the feds have arrested another man who they say supplied some of that illegal testosterone.

Paulo Berejuk, a chemist based in Kendall, has been charged with making testosterone in his garage and then selling it on the black market.

See also: Tony Bosch Will Plead Guilty to Steroid Charges in Federal Court This Morning


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Miami Man Hit With $1.4 Million Bond After Getting Caught With 246 Undersize Lobsters

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Monroe County Sheriffs Department
Judges may set bonds over $1 million for serious crimes such as murder, high-profile cases, or for defendants who present a serious flight risk. Jorge Vargas simply got caught with some undersize lobster tails, so why did a judge set his bail at a hefty $1.4 million?

Well, Vargas was nabbed with a whole lot of lobster tails, and this wasn't the first time.

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Miami Police Could Start Steroid Testing Cops Next Month

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Former Miami Sgt. Raul Iglesias is serving a five-and-a-half year sentence for ripping off drug dealers. Another veteran officer says he was a Biogenesis client.
Last week, New Times revealed at least two Miami Police officers had been customers of Biogenesis, the notorious Coral Gables steroid clinic at the heart of Major League Baseball's biggest doping scandal, and that a former Florida Department of Health investigator refused to involve the force in his case after steroids went missing from an evidence room. So the timing was auspicious when, the same day the story landed, the Miami PD announced the force was close to instituting steroid testing for all of its cops.

Sgt. Javier Ortiz, the police union chief, says the timing was simply a coincidence. "I've received quite a few phone calls from officers and from the press, but there's no correlation there," Ortiz says. "They asked us to consider starting this last spring."

See also: Florida Investigator: I Warned Major League Baseball Not To Buy Stolen Records

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A Selfie May Help Miami-Dade Police Catch a Car Thief

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Jean Mirabal's attempt to buy a car couldn't have been a bigger disaster. After purchasing a Toyota 4Runner a friend had seen a for sale sign in at a gas station, Mirabal went to register the car at a tag agency only to find out that the car had been reported as stolen.

Two days later the car was in turn stolen from Mirabal's home.

Police however have an invaluable piece of evidence that may help them solve the crime: A selfie Mirabal's father took when they purchased the car that showed the man he bought it from in he background.


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Woman's Body With Gunshot Wound Found Floating in Biscayne Bay

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Photo: Ines Hegedus-Garcia's Flickr | CC2.0

A married couple who had begun their day fishing in Biscayne Bay made a startling discovery this morning near the Julia Tuttle Causeway. They found the body of a woman floating in the water.

Police say that the woman is believed to have been in her 30s and that she was found wearing what seems to be a wetsuit. WSVN also reports a gunshot wound was found on her body.


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Tony Bosch Will Plead Guilty to Steroid Charges in Federal Court This Morning

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via Miami-Dade Police Department
Just two years ago, Tony Bosch was the go-to source for customized steroid cocktails for some of the biggest names in professional baseball. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and Nelson Cruz all paid the unlicensed doctor thousands to cook up testosterone creams and lozenges that could beat Major League Baseball's drug testers.

Today, Bosch will make the short trip from downtown's Federal Detention Center to the federal courthouse. He'll plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone, a crime that could land him up to a decade in prison.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

Update: Bosch pleaded guilty this morning, and Judge Darrin P. Gayles set a December 18 date for sentencing. In the meantime, he released Bosch on a new bond with the stipulation that he head straight to a locked-down treatment facility for his drug addictions.

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A Group of Cops Who Terrorized Miami's Streets Might Just Get Away With It

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Raul Iglesias is serving five-and-a-half years in prison for ripping off drug dealers.
Detective Suberto Hernandez, a heavyset undercover cop with a scraggly beard and long greasy hair, pulled to a stop in an unmarked car just south of Calle Ocho on a quiet Little Havana corner across from a vacant grass lot. Wearing clothes that made him look like a grungy construction worker, Hernandez approached Benigno Cardoso, an olive-skinned 55-year-old Cuban with a short buzzcut and shiny gold teeth.

"Gimme $60," Hernandez said in Spanish. Cardoso glanced around, popped the top on an aspirin bottle, and dropped six crack rocks into the narcotics officer's palm. As soon as he got back to his car, Hernandez radioed his comrades nearby: "It's a go. It's a done deal."

Minutes later, cops pulled Cardoso over and hauled him off to jail.


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Coral Gables Has a Pervert Problem: Police Need Help IDing Flasher

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Photo: D Keros' Flickr | MNT Flickr Pool
The City Beautiful has a problem ugly.

Police say they're dealing with some perverted crimes, including peeping Toms in the northern part of the city, and hope to put an end to it. First order of business: locating a man who allegedly snuck up and exposed himself to a female sunbather.

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21 Members of Miami's Big Money Team Gang Arrested, Including "Fat Boy" and "Papo L. Desperado"

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Gangs. Same as always, just with weirder names.

A joint effort by the U.S. Attorney Office of South Florida, the Miami Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resulted this week in the arrest of 21 members of a gang known as the Big Money Team.

The gang operated in the Little Havana and Allapatah neighborhoods and had their hands in everything from guns, crack cocaine, Molly, marijuana, and prostitution to armed robberies, assaults, car jackings, and intimidating locals. And yes, they had some sweet nicknames.

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